An Army Vet, keynote speaker, and expert in military social work and psychology with issues related to military mental health is the author of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a children’s book that explains the aftermath of war, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and why it can occur in family members, all from a child’s perspective. There are many changes to service members and veterans returning from war. The entire family must adjust as well. This book is a valuable age-appropriate resource that can encourage open and honest communication to help families deal with mental illness and remove the stigma of seeking help through therapy.
Dr. Gatson has spent a decade utilizing his training in psychology and social work to assist individuals with functioning at an optimal level as they transcend their challenging situations. Dr. Gatson also provides clinical supervision to counselors and social workers to help improve their clinical abilities.
Dr. Gatson received his B.S. from Northwestern State University, where he majored in psychology and minored in Finance and Nonprofit Leadership. Dr. Gatson received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Grambling State University. He completed his Ph.D. in psychology from Walden University. Dr. Gatson completed his graduate practicums at the Shreveport Vet Center and Overton Brooks VA Medical Center.
Dr. Gatson is also the founder of G&E Associates, LLC, a motivational and consulting firm; providing clinical consultation, workshops, and training to other behavioral health-care providers. He has published in several professional journals on PTSD, Suicide Prevention, and LGBTQ military families. Providing numerous training exercises focusing on PTSD, Suicide Prevention, and HIV/AIDS at the local, state, and national level, Dr. Gatson has presented more than 100 workshops.
In his spare time, Dr. Gatson enjoys writing, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.